Five-Eighth of 15 Years: Benji Marshall
Benji Marshall has been named five-eighth in Wests Tigers’ Team of 15 Years.
The former Keebra Park High School attendee made his first-grade debut for the Club at just 18 years of age — helping defeat the Newcastle Knights 52-12 in Round 20, 2003.
He would go on to play three more appearances that year and seven more in 2004 before guiding the Club to it’s maiden Premiership victory in 2005, in which he made 27 appearances and scored 15 tries. His flick pass to Pat Richards in the Grand Final remains one of the most iconic rugby league tries ever scored, and demonstrated the skill and confidence that the young New Zealand international possessed.
Marshall played for the Club for another eight seasons — winning the Golden Boot in 2010 and the Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year in 2011 — before switching to rugby union to play with the Blues at the end of the 2013 season.
Marshall was inducted alongside Robbie Farah as an inaugural Life Member of the Club in his last home game against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
In total, Marshall played 201 games for Wests Tigers and scored 76 tries, and remains the Club’s all-time leading try-scorer and points-scorer.
Player Profile: Benji Marshall
D.O.B — 25th February, 1985
Position — Halfback, Five-eighth
Club Debut — Round 20, 2003 (vs. Newcastle Knights)
Rep. Honours — New Zealand (2005-12)
Wests Tigers Honours — Premiership Winner (2005), Golden Boot Winner (2010), Dally M Five-Eighth of the Year (2011), Wests Tigers All-Time Top Points Scorer, Wests Tigers All-Time Top Try-Scorer